Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fun in the Sun with Capri Sun!

Note that this is a compensated review from BlogHer and Capri Sun


Like most modern families weekday mornings around here are usually utter chaos, sort of like an unscripted ballet. Depending on mood, weather, amount of sleep or lack of it each of us dance around the rest of the family not knowing whether to bend, point, or plia’. Add to this frenzied choreography one nurse arriving to get Ben ready for school right about the time the ladies are headed off for the day and we now have a morning production of Running of the Swans from the Lake.

It’s not uncommon for Jessie and Joan to grab something quick like cereal from the cupboard needing something to wash it down with. The key word here is healthy. Healthy is sometimes not a consideration with soda or tea being the convenient choices. The trade-off between convenience and nutrition is honestly not a factor when the first moments of the day are already spinning out of control.

When I was offered the opportunity to review a new product from Capri Sun I jumped on it! We’ve been huge fans of this wonderful product since Jessie was in kindergarten. Most of her lunches and snacks throughout the years included one or more Capri Sun juice packets. Not only did she enjoy the taste but mom and dad could be assured our daughter was getting nutritional value as she quenched her thirst.

We also discovered that these wonderful packets fit very well inside a cooler, backpack, or tote bag. Jessie and I have carried Capri Sun into the woods as our source for hydration on backpacking trips. On hot summer days at the beach you certainly can find a cooler full iced down juice packets that the entire family enjoys. And you'll often find a few of these juice bags in the ice chest behind my booth at art festivals. Hey, Capri Sun is not just for kids!

Making Every Day Better

Capri Sun has now introduced a new breakfast drink called Sunrise. These newest blends contain 100% of the daily value of antioxidant Vitamin C and a great source for calcium. Think of combining the nutrition of low fat milk with orange juice! What an awesome concept!

It just so happened that our trial boxes of juice arrived right before Spring Break which we spent with my sister-in-law’s family at…you guessed it…the beach! Along with 12-year-old Jessie, her cousins Graham (11) and Chandler (9) got to participate in our review. Let’s just say that the experiment was a great success for Capri Sun.

The overwhelming favorite was Tropical Morning, a tropical punch blend of flavors. But the other two blends were still quite satisfying. Berry Tangerine Morning combines the flavor of the tangy orange fruit with strawberry. Yours truly joined the taste test. Honestly I couldn’t tell the difference between Orange Wake Up and a popular brand of 100 percent orange juice!

The Contest

Now the good part for you! Capri Sun is offering a $250 Visa gift card to one of my lucky readers! All you have to do is tell us about the wildest funniest morning adventure getting your kids from the bed to their planned destination OR share YOUR morning routine tips that help get your kids ready for their day! To enter, leave me a comment below this post - or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog. Just be sure to let me know via the comment section below. The contest will begin on April 29 and end on July 9, 2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct!

Official Rules:

  • No duplicate comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US residents, over the age of 18.
  • Winner will be selected via random draw and notified by e-mail.
  • Once I contact the winner you will have 48 hours to get back to me; otherwise a new winner will be selected.
You can read more reviews here and find more information about this new product here! Good luck and enjoy some refreshing Capri Sun Sunrise!




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sphinx63 said...

One Saturday morning, my daughter (about 8 yrs old) had softball practice. She woke up, got dressed in her outfit, and off we went. She is NOT a morning person, which perhaps explains this. She goes out on the field and stands in right field, with her tshirt hanging down to her knees because they only had one size shirt for everyone. All of a sudden I see she looks really nervous about something, and I'm thinking maybe she has to go to the bathroom. When it was her turn to come in and bat, she ran over to me first and whispered in my ear that she forgot to put her shorts on! Luckily the shirt was so long no one else found out, but boy was she embarrassed!

Danielle said...

In the morning one thing is a must- Eat a healthy breakfast! People overlook the importance of the most important meal of the day! Breakfast really gives you the fuel to face the day ahead!

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Amos said...
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Amos said...

I have been packing lunches for my 3 kids for 12 years. I always pack 4 things:

Sandwich
Fruit
Juice Box (100% Juice only)
Snack

The one thing I have always insisted in packing is 100% juice, no fruit drink, and the ONLY juice box all three of my kids can agree on that offers 100% juice is Capri Sun.

Everyone happy. Everyone healthy.

: )

Kyla said...

Shortly after KayTar was born, Josh had the responsibility of dressing BubTar in the morning...this was the result.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3654/3489215834_885cf3acb8.jpg?v=0

Kyla said...

Here it is in link form, if that makes it easier!

judybrittle said...

It has to be the one time shortly after 2 of my grandkids moved in. I woke up in the morning and was shocked to see it was 8. My grandson leaves at 8:20 for school. I jumped out of bed yelled for the kids to get up. Hurried them up to get dressed and handed him a yogurt and pushed him out the door to run for the bus. I opened the door to watch for the bus and he's walking back to the house and tells me grandma its Saturday. I felt like a total fool! If it didn't happen to me it would be hard for me to believe.

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Gretchen said...

Not too long ago, we woke up, got everyone dressed and ready to go...never an easy task in this house...we're all night owls. As usual I'm throwing things at Maddy and off she runs with Alex and Emily. They drop her off and head to the high school.
About 10 mins later, in the door walks Alex and Emily laughing. "You never told us we had a 2 hour delay? They said school was empty and someone told us" I didn't know! It didn't seem foggy or icy.
They said "we're going back to bed". I said "HEY! Where's Maddy?" Alex, "We dropped her off at school."
You can see it dawn on him. "Oh, oops, do you think we should go and pick her up?"

Big dummies. No! I think you should let her sit outside school by herself for 2 hours!!

Gretchen said...

I twittered too: http://twitter.com/gertyp

But I can't figure out how to get the direct link.

Deb on the Rocks said...

I would have loved these when I was doing traveling soccer with my son.

It's always an adventure. My son recently brushed his teeth with Neosporin. That's how awake my teenagers are at 6AM.

Deb on the Rocks said...

I would have loved these when I was doing traveling soccer with my son.

It's always an adventure. My son recently brushed his teeth with Neosporin. That's how awake my teenagers are at 6AM.

denise said...

I set my alarm clock 30 minutes before I ACTUALLY get up, because it really does take me half an hour to fully wake up =D
Also, pack lunches and shower the night before.

c_picazo said...

One wintry morning we rushed to get ready for school when I discovered that our car battery had died! I tried using our jumpstart kit and it didn't work (okay, later I realized I didn't attach the ends properly--my only excuse is that I was stressed), and our AAA subscription had expired. So we (me and my 8-year-old, 6-year-old, & 3-year-old in a stroller) ended up walking to school. Good thing it only took 20 minutes--uphill (slightly), against the wind while it was snowing :) Needless to say, we were late.

CandG~Jill W said...

My daughter is only 2, so no wacky stories-yet. There is also no rushing around yet. I get up for work, get ready, and am lucky if she is awake by the time I leave. She still drinks a bottle in the morning, so that’s about all I have to do even if she is awake-make her bottle. Now, when she gets older, I’m sure it will be a different story, but my husband is a realtor & is always home with her in the mornings-so I consider myself very lucky! thanks!

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independentmami said...

One school morning, I woke up late because the power went out. I jumped off the bed ran to my son's room and told him to get up, get ready, and meet me downstairs. He got ready way faster than me and ran outside but I was still in the house. He thought i had left him but the car was actually in the garage. I heard the door open and ran downstairs to see who was outside. He walked in and said i thought you were outside.
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Naomi said...

I let my daughter get herself dressed and didn't realize until she got home that she had her underpants on backwards and was wearing her baby brother's socks. Whoops.

DEBIJOT said...

The boys are used to getting themselves up and getting dressed in the morning. One Saturday morning the oldest knocked on our door and said we were going to be late for school. He thought I had overslept. He was dressed and ready to go. Maybe he dreamed of school the night before!

Gertie said...

Tip: Just talk to your kids and let them know how important it is to wake up on time. Listen to their complaints and work something out.

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FrIeNdS said...

Great morning tips:

Distract the kids while they eat breakfast, play a board game.

Yogurt on half a plate with applesauce on the other. Kids love it!

Amber
crystalclearbc@aol.com

Sharla said...

My best tip is to wake them up by singing: "Wake up wake up you sleepy head, it's time to get up and get out of bed" while tickling them!

Sharla said...

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CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) said...

My "funniest" morning of getting my son to school was the day my husband left for work early, forgetting that my car was in the shop.
I had no way to get my son to school, and I'm not kidding, my neighbor took my son to school on the back of a bicycle and I stayed home with my 20 month old. It actually was funny watching him peddle out of the driveway, but I felt really guilty.

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Feminist Review said...

Let your kids wake themselves up with their own alarm clock.

hondaray6 said...

What really helps is a healthy quick breakfast. I bake 24 muffins at a time and freeze them up. Then I can take out 4 the night before and pop them into the microwave in the morning.Along with a juice drink we are good to go!A favorite around here is this one:
Blueberry Yogurt Muffins
Who doesn’t enjoy a fresh blueberry muffin? Adding yogurt not only helps to keep these muffins moist, but it also provides added calcium and protein.


Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375ºF and butter the muffin tins. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the sugar, yogurt, eggs, melted butter, cinnamon and lemon zest. Beat until thoroughly mixed. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until blended. Do not over mix. Gently fold in blueberries and then spoon the batter into the greased muffin tins, filling each cup about two thirds full. These should bake for about 15 minutes, or until the tops are browned, and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. When the muffins are done, let them cool in the pan. Remove and serve warm.

Yields: 12 muffins




If you are using frozen berries when baking, be sure to keep them frozen until just before you use them in the recipe. If you allow them to thaw, the color will “bleed” and streak your muffins and other baked goods.

hondaray6 said...

I twittered
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divrchk said...

My son gets up and eats the same thing for breakfast every single day. My daughter goes through phases where she eats the same thing until she's sick of it. Right now, she's at a loss for what she wants to fill her tummy.

Bash said...

One morning as my daughter (2.5 yrs old) and I are preparing for our busy day at school and work, she wonders off into her bathroom to take care of brushing her teeth. I put the toothpaste on her bursh using a brand that is safe for kids to swallow, and also clear in color. As she began to brush I left the bathroom to set out her shoes. After being gone for 2 minutes, I returned to see that she was foaming at the mouth. Knowing that toothpaste doesn't produce that much foam I immediately began to search... only to find that she had gotten ahold of her clear princess body wash (which coincidentally, is in a tube that resembles toothpaste). She rinsed, laughed, and told me, "Mommie, Princesses!"

Kate said...

I try to get as much ready the night before as possible. Lunch, Clothes, Bookbags. This helps speed up the morning.

Betty N said...

When raising my children, what helped most was that I got up an hour before the rest of my family. I had a quiet breakfast, packed lunches and made the family breakfast. My boys were not hard to get up and going...

Suburban Stepmom said...

I try to prepare everything the night before. Lay out clothes, pack lunches, set the breakfast bowls on the table etc. Things usually go smoothly. Suburbanstepmom@gmail.com

robert said...

School starts for all 4 at 7am so we are up at 5 at the latest. Preparing everything the night before always helps to stay out of time crunches in the morning.

Amber said...

My daughter is still a baby so I don't have the getting ready for school thing yet but I remember my 1st day going back to work was a disaster. She was eating about every hour at the time and it was impossible to get ready. Plus she ended up having a blow out after I got her dressed and then when I was putting her in her car seat she puked all over me and her so we both had to go change. I ended up being well over an hour late but luckily my boss was cool about it.

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Denise said...

I guess as long as we keep to the routine, we do OK in the morning, but we're not in school yet, so that will change. I also try to have things done the night before if we have to be somewhere on time.

McMGrad89 said...

Ha! I have written twice about my hectic mornings. One can be found here:
http://soiwasjust.blogspot.com/2008/03/spring-break-is-nothing-more-than.html

The second one here:
http://soiwasjust.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-morning-workout.html

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Danielle said...

We try to get everything ready the night before. We lay out clothes, pack any bags, and even set the breakfast table. I also will gether all the dry ingredients for the next day's breakfast and have them all together on the counter.

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andreatodd said...

Can't wait to try the juice!

Laurie said...

I make sure that juice and milk are portioned out the night before in easy to-go containers so that we can just grab them and head out. I make lunches at night before bed too. I am definitely not a morning person, so it makes life so much easier. I love those Capri Sun packs for lunches.

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blp3 said...

I have been known to feed my little ones in bed with their TV show on to get their day started because it helps get them awake

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wendy said...

The way we manage our morning routine is I post a list in the bathroom on the door for each thing that my dughter needs to do in the morning and as she does it she checks it with a pencil that I have attahced to the towel rack with a string. Prevents me from having to give verbal reminders all the time.

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Mabyn Shingleton said...

There is nothing like a cold drink when you are really really thirsty. Caprisun is our choice since you can freeze them so easily and let them defrost during the school day until you are ready for them. I just have to keep them away from my husband, who constantly uses our frozen icepads for his sore foot,.

Holly said...

My morning routine tip is to put breakfast together, if you like things more complicated than toast, the night before. Mix the waffle batter/cut the fruit/whatever. Also set out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

Leslie M. said...

Our Morning Routine is TRY to make things go as smooth as POSSIBLE.. we do this by preparing the night BEFORE
1. PAPERS are signed
2. LUNCHES are made
3. Clothes are picked out
4. The COFFEE POT IS SET UP!!!!!!!!
5. Showers for the kids are taken.
6. Mornings are a NO shenanigan ZONE!
Week days are for cold cereal and an occasional Poptart that Dad sneaks into the Grocery cart! hahah

Does it always work?? NO, but we try! hah
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Joy said...

I don’t have too many problems getting my family out of bed. I wake them up singing and leave the light on in their rooms until they walk out (usually doesn’t take long). I try to have breakfast ready and waiting for them when they wonder in. I also have their outfits ready and sitting out for them (get together while they are eating).

Lori aka A Cowboy's Wife said...

I actually don’t have any struggles with getting little man to eat breakfast. The main problem is getting him to not eat everything! lol We alternate foods having oatmeal one morning, pancakes the next, cereal and fruit.

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Jennifer said...

I remember one morning when my now 3 year daughter was pretty little. I had gotten her up and set her on the couch to get her dressed for the day. I looked down and she was going pee all over the couch because someone had not put her diaper on very well the night before. I then had to clean her up and the couch up!

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ddtavener said...

Last Saturday we got up early for Select Soccer Tryouts. My husband was away, but had warned us to leave an hour early for a 20 minute drive. I was skeptical, but I did, and good thing! My daughter, who is usually very reliable, had forgotten to bring her soccer shoes! We had to turn around and go back home for the shoes! Lucky for us I had listened to my husband, we were able to retrieve the forgotten shoes and not be late for tryouts!

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Janet and Maya said...

My daughter is three and doesn't go to school yet, so we have a pretty leisurely routine - I am so lucky.

We get up about eight and go down for breakfast. Most days we have cold cereal, but sometimes oatmeal or eggs.
Then we head back upstairs to get dressed for the day.

We love to sing Good Morning - the song from Singin' in the Rain or Wake Up, Wake Up from Lazytown.

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Janet and Maya said...

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VickieB said...

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Janet and Maya said...

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VickieB said...

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Twincere said...

My morning routine starts about 45 minutes before my 5 school aged children awaken.I make my coffee,"find my groove" and set the dinette up for an-anything- goes breakfast, complete with glasses for milk/OJ and their flintstones vitamins marking the place settings.As a rule, clothing (including all underclothes) have been approved and laid out the night before. The lunches and backpacks,school supplies, and shoes have also been prepared the night before. Doing this really saves time in my house because once my kids are up, mornings are crazy! Something always goes awry!
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Twincere said...

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Twincere said...

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one6ylady said...

I discovered that Capri Sun has enough sugar in it to prevent it from freezing into a solid, unbrreakable block, so I just freeze the packets overnight. The next morning I simply smack 2 frozen packages on the edge of the counter a couple times before cutting open the bottoms of the packages and dumping them into the blender on top of two chopped up bananas or a cup of berries of some kind and one package of plain yoghurt then hit the crush button. In less than 2 minutes I have healthy breakfast smoothies that I pour into plastic ziploc bags, insert a straw into it. My kids drink them at the bus stop, then fold the straw in half and put it in the ziploc bag before sealing it up. Breakfast is done, the trash is contained, and they’re ready for a full day of school.

One morning my daughter was mad at me because I wouldn't let her stay out the night before so she was giving me the silent treatment. When she refused to tell me what flavors she wanted, I refused to make her smoothie. She huffed "FINE, I'll make it myself" and proceeded to slam doors and bang things around as she made her own smoothie... she really LOVED the part of bashing the frozen drink. Unfortunately she didn't bother to read the container properly, and she put in a small container or sour cream instead of plain yoghurt. She took a sip just before she reached the door, and spit it out on the floor instantly and started to cry. She went and got a paper towel to clean up her mess while I quickly made her a new smoothie. She apologized for her attitude, huged me, and headed out the door loudly proclaiming about how yummy her smoothie was. Life goes on!

dolls123 said...

Pick out clothes the night before

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Lauri said...

plan ahead

set Tv to noggin so my 6 am riser can watch TV while I wake up

set out clothes the night before

put drink cup & morning snack on the table

set coffee maker

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

set out most everything the night before- keys, clothes, backpacks and then even the bowls for breakfast- this is great so its individual so they can grab if they are running late
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Debbie said...

I have a "lunch" area where I keep everything needed for packing lunches. Makes it a "one-stop" for the five lunches I make each school day.
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Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Enter me please! I always eat breakfast in the a.m. No kids at home, so it's just me and hubby. Cereal & fruit for me.

Deanna said...

Tip: We have firm bedtimes for all three kids- even in the summertimes. This really helps the mornings go much smoother.

Random said...

I've had all kinds of morning adventures, but rather than being funny, most involve a surly high-schooler who forgets about waking up when he plays on the computer until the wee hours of the morning. However, preparing everything (including breakfast smoothies) the night before seems to help, as he has his morning routine down to a science and knows exactly how many times he can hit "snooze" before he will miss the bus and have to walk out to the long hill to catch another.

JoeyfromSC said...

Very nice contest!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Well, i raised two brothers after my mom died, so I know all about morning routine lol

Our main plan was preparing the night before..of course having all papers signed, bookbags ready, and their outfits selected and ready to go!

I would always get up early(most days) and prepare breakfast. We would do make ahead breakfast casseroles sometimes too so it was much faster in the morning

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JoeyfromSC said...

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JoeyfromSC said...

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Dree said...

One way to keep a family on track is by establishing a routine the night before. Have everything needed for the morning set out. Also, try to set a schedule for the morning. Plan what’s for breakfast, what time everyone needs to leave, etc.

Doreen said...

I don't have children so I routine is pretty basic. I get up at 6:45am, get dressed, I don't wear like any make up, make my lunch, brush teeth and put curlers in my hair. I work in a Special Needs School so life is pretty hectic for 7 hrs!! :) I'm kind of like a Mom! :) I work with preschoolers & middle School kids also.

Doreen said...

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Doreen said...

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Becky said...

Well-My dad used to dog pile us and spray us with a spray bottle...that definately got us out of bed! LOL!

Amy from Occupation: Mommy said...

My best morning tip is to take a shower before my 2-year-old wakes up. If I am up and ready before she is, the whole morning seems to go more smoothly. Even better are the days I pack my 2nd grader's lunch while the girls are eating breakfast, but that is more rare.

Melinda said...

morning routine tip: keep it simple and fast.

If there are too many things to remember, something will be forgotten

melinda
mjf926 at gmail dot com

adsense said...

My morning routine is keep it simple and sleep as late as you can ! jtrophy at aol dot com

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Vodka Mom said...

the morning routine??? Get up, have STRONG COFFEE, start yelling at my THREE to get up, yell for about 40 minutes and then RUN out the door.


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Naddez said...

My children prepare the night before taking baths/showers, laying out outfit & shoes. So when morning comes they eat, brush their teeth, get dress using their extra time to doubled checked homework, or watch news or weather channel.
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Michelle said...

your daughters picture reminds me of me when I was little!
I get all my stuff together the night before, I pick out my clothes, pack lunch, pack snacks so that I'm not running back and forth in the morning.
thanks!
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JENNIFER said...

I have to have my coffee!

Tamara B. said...

Our morning routines are crazy around this house with two tweens. Our son is in track,chess club and has meetings before school Monday thru Friday. I precook alot of the meals ahead on the weekends. I make sausage patties, waffles, pancakes and put them into freezer containers. All I have to do is a quick zap in the microwave and a coupole of juice pouches and I have breakfast in seconds and we can even take them on the run. On the weekends we are a little relaxed and grab what we want.
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Peggy said...

Coffee for me amd then I can start getting everyone up and ready! Three boys and 1 girl,mornings were fun,thank goodness the boys had their clothes ready the night before ,my daughter did too but then changed her mind . They were all eaters so breakfast was a must! Cereal ,oatmeal ,fresh fruit and they could start their day.
Thanks
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moosh in indy. said...

Sadly enough the thing that saves all of our sanity when we're all headed out together? Is for me to do my makeup in the car.
My kid can't bug me, there's good light and it totally counts as multitasking.

Artistic Cook said...

Morning Routine:
To get kids up in the morning I open the blinds and bring them a glass of orange juice to help wake them up.
Our routine never goes quite as planned, but we try

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Keonte' said...

I'm not a morning person, so it is tough for me to find a routine that works for both my son and I.

To help us prepare for the morning school routine, I make sure all the items he needs for school are ready the night before. This consists of ironing his clothes, getting his socks, shoes, and other items ready. I also pack his lunch money or lunch. I sign all necessary forms to return to school and check his homework. After all of this is completed, I sit everything in one location so that he can find it. This helps keep us organized and ready to catch the bus.

Keonte' said...

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Whitney said...

Unfortunately, mornings are not my cup of tea so I've found that preparation is the key. I try to get as much ready the night before and be organized for the next day. While it's not perfect, it helps to make things slightly less hectic.

Whitney said...

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noelle said...

I like to have breakfast planned the night before.

Egare1 said...

Our morning routine means hubby waking up half an hour before I get up. He starts the coffee pot and gets everything sorted, then keeps the rest of the family on track.

If he's ever ill, the house grinds to a halt!

spoodles said...

The most important thing for me is to be up at least an hour before I have to get the kids up. If I'm already together when they get up, everything goes much, much better.

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Lisa said...

My tip is to always start the day off by getting them into their clothes and READY for the day...which lets us all enjoy the day to its fullest!

Just Me said...

One morning I was rushing around and i walked out the door with one black boot and one brown boot on...needless to say, it was a crazy day.

To prevent this, i pick out my clothing ahead of time

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

I hope I can enter even though I don't have kids...my advice for moms and when I have my own would be to get the outfits ready the night before. Less fuss in the morning trying to pick something out, esp. if they are fighting you with what they want to wear.

When I was younger, I went to a private school and it was uniforms all the way. I loved it, b/c I never knew what to wear...but for those aren't wearing the same thing every day, planning it the night before would be the way to go. I often do that now!!!


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janetfaye said...

My sons are grown and our morning routine goes smooth because we plan the night before. My family lets me know what they want for breakfast and I get most of it ready the night before. I like to use the individual cereal boxes or instant oatmeal on the mornings that we are rushed. I always have my clothes picked out the night before. If I don’t plan then it becomes a mad rush.

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Liz said...

I have to say that a funny thing that happened this past school year is that my oldest son was soooo worried that we would arrive late at school for a field trip, he stayed up the entire night, and then he was exhausted for the field trip. Hopefully that is the last time that will happen! I think he learned his lesson the hard way. :-)

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makeetis said...

I lay school clothes out at night and get up and help my kids with getting ready and they either eat a bowl of cereal or a cereal bar and sometimes if I have 5 minutes scrambled eggs. In my area the grade school kids (all of them) get free lunches in their classrooms.
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icefairy said...

I don't really have any tips to share. Part of my morning routine is to have cold cereal and soy milk for breakfast, feed the baby and take him out for a walk. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Datura Rose said...

I don't have kids but coffee is a must for any morning.

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pattycake said...

We try to get many things organized the night before, and handy to grab on the way out the door.

Rebecca said...

I don't have any kids, but I am always running late myself (I'm going to be in trouble when I do have kids!) I just grab a granola bar or something fast. Thanks for the give away!
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cdziuba said...

I do EVERYTHING imaginable the night before a school day, to ensure a smoothly run morning. Baths/showers are taken, lunches are packed, etc. Do it the night before, believe me , it makes a world of difference, there's no rushing around the next day.

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Tuesday Girl said...

My kids are up early so no pulling them out of their beds. I usually put their clothes out fo rthem and have their lunch/snack/drink packed and ready to go!

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joannamarieprice@yahoo.com said...

I am a SAHM of a 6 month old- our mornings are pretty tame so far, but my tip is having the water in the bottle ready so the screaming baby gets fed at least a few seconds sooner! =)

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Shellie said...

Plan the night before, or create a "menu" list on a clip board so the kids have a limited selection for breakfast. Have them pick before bedtime so you know what to fix and hit the ground running.


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Sondra said...

Being prepared. Everything has to be ready for them. And I mean everything - from socks to hair ties. Bowls and glasses on the table, backpacks by the door. My husband was a military man so he taught us all to have organized mornings!

Sadiana! said...

My routine tips? Gather up what you need the night before (homework in backpacks, backpacks by shoes next to door, coats also nearby, etc.); pick out your clothing the night before; keep your breakfasts simple!
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Shel said...

Getting my sons off to school in the morning was always a chore. We were forever running late. We had just gotten a new cocker spaniel puppy and the boys promised they'd take the dog out in the morning and after school. Of course, that morning we were in a hurry and the dog HAD to go out RIGHT NOW. My oldest son, James, volunteered to take him outside. As he's standing there waiting for the dog to do his business, Sparky takes off running toward the back fence. At first my son thought it was a cat by the fence. Oh no, it was a skunk which promptly sprayed poor Sparky right in the face. My son grabbed Sparky and ran him into the house. He told me what happened but we had to leave so I locked Sparky in the cage figuring I'd deal with the horrible skunk smell when I got home.

I dropped the boys off at school and came home. I was shoulder-deep in tomato sauce when the phone rang. The school wanted me to come pick up James, he was stinking up the whole school. When James picked up Sparky, the skunk spray transferred from Sparky to his hands and clothes. I was so overwhelmed by the smell, I never even realized my son was also smelling like skunk, too.

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Carolyn G said...

Our morning routine consists of getting up, showering, and then eating breakfast. Then we all get ready and go out for the day.

throuthehaze said...

my tip is to eat breakfast! Don't skip it or you will regret it. If you dont eat breakfast you will just be grumpy and tired and more likely to overeat later on.
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Stefanie Hartman said...

my morning routine tips -

I have 4 kids, ages 3, 6, 11, and 15 who will all be in school this year - I have to be organized.

Do as much as possible the night before - baths, backpacks ready with homework, gym stuff

Exact bedtimes per age and all kids getting up when its time in morning - key to teach them this self discipline.

East breakfast after getting all the way ready, then can chat and watch for bus.

Have a place for backpacks, school papers, shoes, and coats.

Keep schoolday breakfast quick and healthy - instant oatmeal, whole grain toast, or cereal with fruit or smoothies. Keep the big pancakes and eggs breakfast for Saturday mornings.

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ktanjatk said...

No kids here, so our morning routine is pretty relaxed!
My morning tip would be to get up earlier and do some pilates/yoga workout first thing after getting up, you'll be surprised how everything will be much easier after good exercise :)

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pierce said...

Keeping breakfast really short is helpful.

One morning we were all getting ready and the bathroom shower stopped working. First, the little kids started crying then even the oldest and adults including me started crying, which is pretty silly. Finally, we bursted out laughing for crying over such a small thing.

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kat4 said...

I'm not a morning person - never have been - so preparing as much as possible the night before helps. I get the coffeemaker ready, set out clothes and shoes, and prepare lunches the night before.

GeneyLady said...

We have 4 year old twin whom I wake up by going from bed to bed, repeatedly, softly tickling them and singing to them. Once they are awake, I send them upstairs to jump on their 10 year old brother to wake him up! Too bad he doesn't get the same gentle awakening as his sisters. :)

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agordon10 said...

my kids have swim team every morning, so getting them fed and ready each day can be a challenge.Our routine is that while i make them breakfast, they need to get all their stuff ready and get dressed. Afterwards, they brush and we are off.

A. said...

One thing that helps me sleep a bit longer is that I cut up a batch of fruit the night before and throw it in the refrigerator, and the next morning I throw it in the blender along with some milk and yogurt and I have a very quick smoothie, so I don't have to go through the long breakfast routine, and everyone loves it. Plus its incredibly healthy, so thats important too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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peg42 said...

My best tip is to have as much ready the night before. I have the kids clothes set out. Lunches made and bookbags all set by the door. Our mornings don't go as well as I would like, but having as much as possible prepared, does help ease the morning rush.

Sonya said...

We always pick out our clothes the night before so we don't spend all morning trying to decide what to wear.

S Denton said...

Just finding kids socks that match is a challenge in the morning

ccboobooy said...

My tips are pre packaged lunches, and frozen waffles, pancakes, or cereal.

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pogofan911 said...

Well actually there isnt a routine anymore since youngest son just graduated in June , now Im the one in need of routine, now my sleep routine is out of whack , I get to sleep in late and stay up all night on the computer, the worst problem I have now is me and my youngest son Tyler fighting over my computer. LOL

denyse said...

When school is in- we have a refrigerated water spray bottle. Whoever doesn’t get up- gets squirt.

Molly K said...

My latest challenge was when my husband accidently took my keys to work. He had been picked up by a coworker because his car was in the shop. I was supposed to go get the kids from daycare, go pay for his car and then when he got home we would go back and get his car. At first I couldn't find my spare keys and of course he told me to ride my son's bike the 2 miles to the repair place and get the car that was done at the shop. (I haven't been on a bike in 15+ years). I did finally find my spare keys after about 15 minutes of searching but boy what a horrible day.

Stephanie said...

morning routine tips? Have 10,8 and 2 yr. old and mornings are rough. Make lunches night before and have clothes out. I wake the older kids 45 min before we have to leave. My young one isn’t a morning person and doesn’t like to get up or eat or smile. (Which is me so mut be genetic)
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mar said...

My kids would be my grandchildren. When they stay over, I lay out their clothes for the next day along with a check list of what we have planned for that upcoming day!

Angela said...

The best thing we have done to make our morning routine better is to pick out the kids clothes the night before!!! No more arguments when we are all tired at 6 am...whooo oh!
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Brian D. said...

One morning our son, who hadn't started school, had to get ready anyway to take his sister to school. It was only later when I had to help help with the button on his pants that he still had his jammies on underneath!

Sue said...

My morning tip is to prepare the night before. My 5 year old son is a morning person like his dad so we don't have too many issues with getting out of bed. Getting things ready for school or outings the night before makes our mornings pretty smooth. I am one of those people who don't like to be late so this routine helps.

dawns41 said...

The best thing we did is get ready the night before. I am battling chronic illness and mornings are pretty iffy for me.

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mvbarton said...

My morning tip is that I ALWAYS prepare school lunches the night before. I like the freeze the Capri Suns, it helps keep the sandwiches cool for the day.

April said...

Neither my son or I like mornings at all. I have had to take my son to school still wearing my jammies and flip flops to get him there on time. Yeah, I'm one of those people. It's a good thing his school was literally right behind our house and at best a 2 min. car ride. He's off to middle school come fall and it's about 15 mins. away, so I've got some organizing to do!

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Giant Sis said...

My secret for the morning routine is to do as much as possible the night before! From picking out clothes to packing lunches and filling water bottles - we try to do it all before we go to sleep. You have to when most of the family isn't morning people!

dddiva said...

We are not morning people (to put it kindly) so getting as much done the night before as possible is the smartest thing we do.

Having everything ready to grab and go (pre-make as much of lunches as possible, coffee on timer, quick at hand breakfasts, etc...) has saved us many days.

malleycc said...

I pack the backpacks the night before and set the table for breakfast the night before.

LindaD said...

Our morning routine revolves around our dog -- he determines when we get up, and the brunt of the morning is taken up feeding and walking him. Woof!

kygirl said...

I get everything ready the night before it makes my life easier.

linda a said...

We keep a routine since we only have one bathroom. Hubby is up and out of house at 4 am, I wake up shortly thereafter. Showered and ready when I wake my older one up at 630, and I wake the little one up at 8. Now that summer is here it is easier, we dont have such a rush on things to get done. Thank you
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rockymountain_brown said...

Well, unfortunately I don't have kids yet, but I did basically raise my younger brother. The key was physically going to his room and making sure he was getting up, because he would sleep right through his alarms. I think it's important to have routines, as consistency in a child's life is important.

sjf100 said...

I try to get up at least an hour before everyone else. I can take my shower, read the paper, have my coffee and maybe even through in a load of clothes before I have to deal with making breakfast, packing lunches, and getting the ones who are going out the door.

ky2here said...

Get as much done the night before - clothes selected and laid out. IN the AM, be flexible but firm. If necessary, physically remove them from the bed and lead them to the restroom. Show them you mean business.

anny32 said...

wild no...hes just getting heavy...the only way to get him up in the morning is to carry him down the stairs and plop him on the toilet. hes 7. i hope hes more responsible at 15...ugh

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Tonya said...

I am not a morning person. When my odest daughter was about 2 years old, she woke up before my hubby and I did. We had stayed up too late the night before so I was really tired and apparently sleeping quite soundly. My daughter went into the kitchen and grabbed a package of hotdog buns that somehow got left in her reach. She brought them into my room and happily mashed them into hundreds of small chunks and put them into our bed! Boy were we surprised to wake up covered in tiny bits of bread!

Jinxy and Me said...

I think the #1 morning routine helper is to do as much prep work as you can the night before. Fewer "To-Dos" in the morning means fewer hassles.

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Tfacey said...

I wake up long before everyone else so that I can make smoothies for breakfast. What they dont know is that I put veggies in their smoothies. All they know is that they taste good!

mickeyfan said...

I learned early on that it was best to leave my daughter alone to do her own thing (she was doing her own hair by 2nd grade) and ride my son like a pony or he'd never get anything done! Portable breakfasts were a must.

simone/ thebubbledies said...

I make my son's baby food on the weekends and put whatever baby food will be needed for the day from the freezer to the fridge the day before. This saves time in the morning as DS is not very patient when he hungry! Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

SheilaBee said...

Since my kids are adults and I can barely remember what I had for lunch yesterday,much less those horrible school mornings that I have deleted from my brain,here is a little story my dad recently told me. For all of our growing up years(me and 3 brothers) my mom got up an hour early because she could not stand for anyone to talk to her when she first got up. She continued to do this even after we had all left home which Pop could not understand until one morning as soon as he got up she talked to him and he realized that he didnt like it either!

mudrunnersmom said...

My kids get hot chocolate almost every morning- that little bit of caffiene seems to take the edge off - before I get the oatmeal and OJ and fruit into them!! ( I know it sounds a little not healthy but it works!

courtney88 said...

My children are older now.
But when they were younger I did get them involved in planning out the next day..clothes, lunch etc. When they were involved making choices, things went more smoothly

Rebecca Graham said...

I have their clothes hanging on the door for them to wear, school back pack is placed next to the door and then off to school they go, that is after breakfast of course.

GinaE1980 said...

I try to have everything done the night before bags packed clothes out. Everything down face wash toothpaste and brush. I even have a back up outfit just in case. I even have breakfast as ready as I can. I pre-pour cereal into Tupperware bowls and such.

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OneRabbit said...

I'm usually half-asleep when I leave the house that I inevitably forget something. Keeping a notepad in the car with a list of things to remember always jogs my memory and stops me from having to drive home to pick-up a forgotten thing!

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heaventrees said...

My baby was still in the high chair years, a wonderful time really. I was resolved to have my child try lots of fruits and veggies that I did not like. I didn't want him limited to only my "tastes."

One morning I served up ureed plums, for only the second time. The first time they had been refused, but I tried again. I set the bowl on the high chair tray and turned to the sink to do dishes. I heard a banging sound, then a splat sound and then a toddler's tickled laugh.

Yup, up there on the ceiling.... pureed plums... dripping down. No more plums, OK, got the message.

Claire said...

My morning tip is to get everything ready the night before, whether it be clothing or lunches. Makes leaving on time much easier!

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erma said...

I always have to drag them out of bed to go any where.
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Faither said...

Since the kids are gone, it is really about facilitating the morning routine of my spouse. Since she gets up a couple of hours after I get up, when I know that she is downstairs, I get her morning coffee and breakfast food, for her to enjoy while she does her morning devotionals.

Amy said...

To speed up your morning routine, do as much preparation the night before as you can. Set the table for breakfast (I've even put dry cereal into bowls - just add milk and it's ready), lay out clothes, put bookbags by the front door, pack lunches, etc.

buzzd said...

Lay out clothes the night before and make lunches the night before so the morning is eating breakfast, getting dressed and out the door

Jen said...

I guess I don't have any really crazy stories, but having a 2 year old run around, refusing to get dressed, can get crazy.

Wilson Wonders said...

When we were kids and my dad couldn't get us up, he would sing at the top of his lungs or make up and recite really bad poetry until we got up just to shut him up. Worked on my kids too!

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clc408 said...

I found that baking healthy muffins helped in the morning with breakfast. IF the kids were running late, they could just pick them up and eat them on the way to the bus stop.

guettel78 said...

I don't have kids of my own, but when I babysit for my sister or for friends, I often use the same techniques for waking them up that I use on myself, since I'm equally stubborn most of the time! I've found the key is to motivate all of us to get out of bed and hit the ground running. For example, I program all of the alarm clocks to play our favorite songs to start us off on the right note, entice them with the smell of their favorite breakfast foods (like French Toast) and myself with the aroma of fresh coffee in my auto-brewer, and have them look forward to walking my two dogs in the morning, which we love doing. I've found this strategy works pretty well, even on weekends! But if worse comes to worse, the failsafe technique is to put the alarm clock in the next room to force us to get out of our beds to turn them off. Thanks for the giveaway!

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lsfish said...

This will sound strange but we let my son shower the night before and sleep in his clothes for the next day because he has such a HARD time getting up in the morning

clynsg said...

My routine is pretty cut and dried, and much more relaxed since I am retired and have no children of any age in the house. Most days I wake up about 5:30 (leftover from years of having to get up early!), shower, etc. Then, since I have cats and dogs, feed them and usually put a load of wash in the machine. I am not really a breakfast person, but know I have to have something, so I have a light breakfast (instant breakfast with milk, some fruit). Then I can do whatever is necessary for the rest of the day–or even better, do what I want to do!
The biggest thing for those in the midst of hectic mornings/days/whatever, is that times do change as the children grow, and in most cases, you will eventually get to a calmer state.
And for the previous poster, my grandchildren have done that for years--maybe you can think of it as saving money on pajamas and washing them!

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cathiem said...

My kids are college students now.I still buy Capri Sun for them.I can not remember what mornings were like when they were little.It must not have been that bad.Nothing is as bad as 3 college tuition bills.

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